Thank you . . .

Community thank you letters

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2000

...for Winter Olympics help

The Gastineau Student Council would like to thank the following businesses for helping make our first Winter Olympics a success last month: Fred Meyer, Capital Records, Eaglecrest Ski Area and Hearthside Books either contributed gift certificates or donated items for the event, which was attended by more than 30 children. The money raised is to be used to help improve Gastineau Elementary School. This kind of community support helps make our program possible.

Kanaan Bausler, presidentKevin Gullufsen, vice presidentLindsey Kato, secretaryAlex Vick, treasurer

...for basketball tournament

The 2nd Annual 40 and over Old-timers Basketball Tournament came and went again in Kake, and it was a success!

It happened the week of Feb. 15-18 and this letter may have taken awhile - but it takes longer for the old-timers to recuperate! This tournament was dedicated to our senior citizens and to Donald James Sr. (chairman of Kake's 1st Annual).

A total of $4,624.38 was raised, after bills were paid, and $4,275.38 was given to the Kake Schools Athletic Fund. You might think, well, that's not much - but that's just from the gate, raffle tickets and t-shirt sales, the junior and senior class had the opportunity to raise money by selling concessions - which they did!

Visiting teams included Angoon, Sitka and Metlakatla. Steve Brandner and his wife Monica came to support our tournament as Steve played and Juneau's (Alaska's) Mrs. Alaska donned a cheerleading outfit and wowed the crowd! Steve and Monica also donated $50 to support our kids and Kake will remember that, thank you!

The community watched as players from Sitka, well-known to the basketball minded Southeast Alaska hit the courts: Gary Lang, Ed Peele, Steve Edenshaw, Steve Brandner, David L. Friday, to name a few along with Metlakatla's: Clarence Milton, George Fawcett and Archie Wellington, who were joined by Hans Blandov, W/ Kake's Bob Mills and David James. Angoon's: Joey George - 2nd Annual MVP selection, Mike Fred, Willy Jack and Roger Williams came and swept the tournament to take home the championship.

All in all it was great! The halftime entertainment surpassed any seen elsewhere! Ask Gary Lang - he enjoyed it, so did all the other players and the community! The junior high and high school girls did a dance, followed by three mysterious hombre's in masked dance - guess who stole the show? No other than Chubby Ho!

The cheeks just stopped cramping from laughing, then the ``Red Hot Mama's'' cheerleading squad some of which include: Edna Charley, Georgie Reese, Marcie Aceveda, Dinah Aceveda, Christine Williams and Monica Brandner to name a few, came out and again stole the show - now their phones won't stop ringing as talent scouts world wide call to book them!

Kake enjoyed a ``suitcase'' race as the A.N.S. sister's challenged the A.N.B. led by Wanita `Bunny' James, Debbie Thomas, Matti Jackson - vs - Max Brown, Billy Alsup and Sitka's Gary Lang. The object - men run to a chair put on ladies clothes as fast as you can, ladies put on men's clothes, then race back -wouldn't you know it? Gary Lang ``Bloomed'' into a celebrity overnight!

The Keex Kwaan Dancer's performed, led by Ruth Demmert and donated $530 to the cause, what can we say but our hats off to you in thankfulness and pride.

Parents also cheered as kindergarten through second grade boys and girls played. There's much more to write, what'll happen next year? Who knows? The only way you'll find out is to come and see. Sitka made a comment, our youngest player is 54, but hey, they came to play and gave everyone a run throughout the week! Some of Kake's players who haven't played in 20-plus years, came out of retirement and enjoyed it! Owen James came from Hoonah, parting remarks from the visitors...We'll be back!

Will we see you? Hope so!

Royal and JoAnn Jackson

...for Bible college support

Southeast Alaska's White Horse Christian Training Center would like to extend a heartfelt ``thank you'' to the community for their support of this new Bible college. The college will open its doors in Juneau on March 20 thanks to the encouragement and help of many gracious individuals. We are pleased to offer accredited degree programs to students throughout Southeast Alaska.

We look forward to educating a new generation. Thank you Juneau!

Dr. Carole Rotola

...for walk event support

The 1999 Eagle vs. Raven Walk Contest was a success. The walk contest had a total of 486 registered Eagle and Raven walkers who walked a grand total of 21,682 miles.

The grand prize winner was George F. Williams, a Raven of the Kiks'Adi clan; he walked a total of 739 miles! A phenomenal accomplishment! This year's Eagle vs. Raven participants have their work cut out for them.

The main focus of the Eagle vs. Raven Walk Contest is to promote inexpensive physical activity for a healthier community. The contest will begin on April 1 and end June 30.

You can help promote the Eagle vs. Raven Walk Contest by making cash contributions or donating products or services that can be used as prizes. Your cash donations will be applied to educating the Alaska Native community about the benefits of walking and exercise, advertising, prizes, mailing out the calendars to the walkers and informing the public of the walk contest.

If you would like to contribute a product or service that can be used as a prize, please indicate what product and/or service you will be donating on the form provided. Last year, there were a variety of prizes appropriate for the categories: Elders, Adults, Students, Children and Diabetics. (See winner's list). These prizes helped promote the contest and helped motivate walkers.

Bunny Mercer was the Diabetic 1st place winner. Bunny joined the Eagle vs. Raven Walk Contest because she has diabetes; she needed to get active (doctor's advise). When Bunny started, she could not get up the stairs of her apartment without help. She is now able to climb the stairs and this year her aim is to be able to walk down the stairs by herself. The Eagle vs. Raven Walk Contest helped her gain physical strength and motivated her to eat healthier.

With your support, the Eagles vs. Ravens Walk Contest will continue to be an annual healthy event for our community. As an added bonus for all sponsors, your organization or company's names will be published in all the advertisements, radio announcements and posters. This will inform people of the Juneau community that you have contributed to this popular event.

I would like to thank all the co-sponsors who made the 1999 Eagle vs. Raven Walk Contest possible. If you have questions feel free to call me at 463-5850.

Andrea M. Ebona-MichelHealth Promotions Educator

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